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Newly Designated UCI Sue & Bill Gross School of Nursing Expands Faculty, Adds Nationally Recognized Epidemiologist

Sanghyuk Shin, PhD
Nationally recognized epidemiologist Sanghyuk Shin, PhD, has joined the faculty of the UCI Sue & Bill Gross School of Nursing.

Irvine, CA – July 24, 2017 – Nationally recognized epidemiologist Sanghyuk Shin, PhD, has joined the faculty of the UCI Sue & Bill Gross School of Nursing, effective July 1.  As an assistant professor, Shin will teach master- and PhD- level courses beginning Winter 2017.

“I am eager to begin collaborating with UCI’s nursing school faculty, students, and the surrounding community on research to improve health among vulnerable populations,” said Shin.

An accomplished scholar and academician, Shin’s research interests include molecular epidemiology, HIV/TB co-infection, community-based interventions, evaluation of medical diagnostics, global health, and social determinants of health. Much of his current research is centered on tuberculosis (TB).

“People are often surprised to hear that TB is the world’s leading infectious cause of death. TB rates are relatively low in the United States, which has fooled us into thinking that it’s no longer a problem, when in fact, on a global scale, TB is responsible for 1.8 million deaths annually, and it is the leading cause of death among HIV-infected persons,” said Shin. “Even more alarming is the emergence of drug-resistant forms of TB, which have been called ‘Ebola with wings’ because of the high case fatality rate and the airborne route of transmission.”

Shin’s research has been published in the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes, Journal of Urology, and the International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, among others.  His research involves the use of novel molecular methods to understand the epidemiology of Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection and to improve the detection of drug-resistant TB. Shin is particularly interested in how HIV infection changes the dynamics of TB at the individual and population levels. He is currently the Principal Investigator of two NIH grants on TB epidemiology, including a Career Development Award from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). He conducts public health research in Botswana, South Africa, India, and the United States

"My vision for the school is to train future nurse researchers, educators and innovators, in the classroom and across the healthcare system in ways that will improve population health outcomes and the patient experience," said Adey Nyamathi, dean of the Sue & Bill Gross School of Nursing at UCI. "Having Professor Shin join our faculty is an illustration of our commitment to this vision.  He is a valued addition to our faculty and our surrounding community at large.”

Prior to joining the UCI Sue & Bill Gross School of Nursing, Shin served as an assistant professor in-residence for the Department of Epidemiology in the Fielding School of Public Health at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).  Shin earned his PhD in Public Health from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD)/San Diego State University Joint Doctoral Program. He earned an MSc in Epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health. His Bachelor of Science in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics is from UCLA.

“The addition of Professor Shin aligns with our mission to expand our faculty and significantly build research capacity to address critical healthcare issues,” added Nyamathi. “Building our faculty brings us one step closer to becoming a top-ranked nursing school."

About the UCI Sue & Bill Gross School of Nursing

The University of California, Irvine (UCI) Program in Nursing Science was established in 2007 and designated the Sue & Bill Gross School of Nursing in 2017 following a $40 million gift from the William and Sue Gross Family Foundation.  The school of nursing offers bachelor, master and doctoral degree programs, and it is part of UCI’s College of Health Sciences which includes the UCI School of Medicine, the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences and the Program in Public Health.  Through the nursing school programs, students acquire academic and professional education in the discipline of nursing, which prepares them for basic clinical and advanced practice roles. The programs also prepare students for educational, administrative and research positions across the healthcare delivery system, as well as faculty positions in academic institutions. The school's bachelor’s degree and master’s degree programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN). To learn more, visit